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Searching for Cosmic Origins

Friday, December 8, 2023
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EDT

The powerful blending of theory and observation has catapulted cosmology from campfire storytelling to precision science. Brian Greene is joined by Jo Dunkley, Eva Silverstein and Nobel Laureate Adam Riess – scientists at the forefront of fundamental physics and astronomy who are pushing that understanding ever closer to the beginning of time.

This program is part of the Big Ideas series, supported by the John Templeton Foundation.


Brian GreenePhysicist, Author

Brian Greene is a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, and is recognized for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in his field of superstring theory. His books, The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos, and The Hidden Reality, have collectively spent 65 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list.

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Jo DunkleyPhysicist, Princeton
Breakthrough Prize

Jo Dunkley is a professor of Physics and Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University. Her research is in cosmology, studying the origins and evolution of the Universe. Her major projects are …

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Adam RiessPhysicist, Johns Hopkins
Nobel Laureate

Adam Riess is the Thomas J. Barber Professor in Space Studies at the Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, a distinguished astronomer at the Space Telescope Science …

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Eva Silverstein
Physicist, Stanford
MacArthur Fellow

Eva Silverstein is a professor of physics at Stanford whose research focuses on cosmology and related areas of gravitation and quantum field theory. A number of her contributions connect the …

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